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govern (v.)

13世纪晚期,"以权威统治",源于古法语 governer "掌舵,掌舵;治理,统治,命令,指挥"(11世纪,现代法语 gouverner ),源于拉丁语 gubernare "指挥,统治,指导,治理"(也是西班牙语 gobernar ,意大利语 governare 的来源),原为"掌舵,驾驶",从希腊语 kybernan "掌舵或驾驶船只,作为驾驶员指挥"的航海借用,形象地说是"指导,治理"( cybernetics 的词根)。 -k--g- 的音变也许是通过伊特鲁里亚语的媒介。从1590年代开始的不连贯意义。相关: Governed ; governing

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Definitions of govern from WordNet

govern (v.)
bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations;
Synonyms: regulate / regularize / regularise / order /
govern (v.)
direct or strongly influence the behavior of;
His belief in God governs his conduct
govern (v.)
exercise authority over; as of nations;
Who is governing the country now?
Synonyms: rule
govern (v.)
require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood;
most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German
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